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Europa League: British Teams Avoid Tough Ties

The Europa League Round of 32 draw has been made. All the British clubs managed to avoid the European Giants in the competition. Although Freddie Ljungberg’s Arsenal face an awkward task against Olympiakos.

Wolves were first out of the draw as they face Espanyol. Nuno Santo’s men will fancy their chances against their opponents as the Spanish club are struggling at the foot of La Liga. The midlands club finished second in group K and will be looking to go deep into the competition.

Arsenal will be travelling to Greece after they drew Olympiacos, starting with the away leg.

The Gunners have been struggling as of late and they will need to sort their managerial issue out before they leave the airport.

After being schooled by Manchester City on Sunday, the Europa League could be Arsenal’s only chance of returning to Champions League football.

Elsewhere, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a really good opportunity to progress in the competition as Manchester United were drawn against Club Brugge.

They will be looking to recreate their win over the Belgians from four years ago.

Although, the Red Devils can’t go in to the tie over confident, as their opponents have held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.

The same could be said for Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side. They face Braga which on paper is a lot easier tie than some of the teams they could have been given.

However Braga did finish top of group K which did contain Wolves. The Portuguese team only dropped four points and remained undefeated through the entire group stages.

Celtic will be crossing the North Sea to take on reigning Dannish champions FC. Copenhagen.

Neil Lennon’s team topped their group and looked strong against some tough outfits in Lazio, Rennes and CFR Cluj.

All the first legs are scheduled for Thursday 20 February and the return legs will be a week later on Thursday 27 February.

Here is the draw in full:

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